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How Entrepreneurs Can Write a Great Business Plan

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Apr 10, 2015 1:50:43 PM

With all the startups in our coworking community, business plans are constantly getting thrown around.  Inc. has put together a comprehensive series to help entrepeneurs craft the perfect business plan and we think it's pretty helpful. Check out part 1, and if you're interested in the rest of the series, read more here

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Topics: entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs

The 5 Most Common Mistakes New Freelancers Make

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Apr 7, 2015 2:12:00 PM

Our friends at 99u never let us down when it comes to solid career advice.  If you're a freelancer, like so many in our coworking community, this piece by Brennan Dunn is a must-read. 

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Topics: grindworthy, listicles, entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneur's Journey

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Mar 27, 2015 11:52:20 AM

In our industry agnostic communty of entrepreneurs, each member is definitely on their own journey.  What's your entrepreneurial path?  

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Topics: entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs

Yes, And...5 More Lessons in Improv-ing Collaboration and Creativity from Second City

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Mar 25, 2015 10:51:00 AM

We can't all be comedians, but we can learn a thing or two from the brilliant people of Second City. Check out Hugh Hart's take on how we all can ignite our creativity and collaboration in the workplace. 

Second City's Tom Yorton and Kelly Leonard run down some of the improv principles that you can apply to your not-necessarily-funny work life.

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Topics: collaboration, entrepreneurs

You're Invited to the Samsung Blogger Lounge @ SXSW!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Mar 10, 2015 11:39:30 AM

Going to SXSW this year?  Join our members Digital Flash at the Samsung Blogger Lounge and treat yourself! 

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Topics: grindworthy

Coworking Community Spotlight: John Kalinowksi

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Mar 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM

This month's Featured Grindist is a newer member of our coworking community who has captured all of our hearts with his kind spirit and wise soul.  Learn more about our friend John Kalinowski below.

 

Name: John Kalinowski

Occupation: Certified Life Coach

Current City:
New York, NY

Grind Location:
Park Ave

Why do you work out of a coworking space?
For one thing, being in an office became isolating, and I kept feeling like I wanted to be around other entrepreneurs and part of something larger. As a Life Coach I also want my clients to have the opportunity to see people following their dreams, taking risks, and making things happen.

Why Grind?
As soon as I walked into Grind I felt it was the right space for me. The openness of the space reflects the openness of the people. Though Grind houses a wide range of businesses it still somehow feels like we’re all here for some common purpose.

What is your current state of mind?
Excited and Confident that this year is going to be fantastic.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be an amazing singer. I’m not tone-deaf, but I’m also not being invited to sing at anyone’s wedding.

What's one app on your phone could you not live without?
I recently fell in love with the MindBody app - It lets me select my favorite yoga studios, see the class schedule for all of them at the same time, sign up for one, and go!

What is your most beloved possession?
In terms of what I might miss the most, I struggle to say that it might be my phone. Ugh. I have such conflicted feelings about that answer.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother is definitely one of my heroes, even though she drives me nuts sometimes. Outside of that, for me a hero is anybody who has faced adversity and used it to transform into an even better human. Of course, the greats like MLK and Nelson Mandela, but also people like Nick Vujicic, internationally renowned inspirational speaker who was born with no arms and legs. These people inspire me to do more and be more.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Up to this point, my greatest achievement has been starting my business and being able to make it grow year after year. Although I also think this is just the beginning. :-)

What is your favorite occupation?
I love philosophizing... talking about life, love, the mind, the spirit, personal growth and how it all ties together. That’s probably my favorite thing, though laughter and travel are close seconds.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
It can really be anywhere, doing anything. For me, perfect happiness is being able to be completely present and grateful in any moment of my life, and trusting that everything is happening FOR me, not to me.

What's your favorite Grind memory?
Realizing that Donnalynn Civello is also working here. We each used to coach clients at the same little cafe when we were first starting out. When I found out she was also based here, it was like a little “thumbs-up" that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Interested in joining the Grind community?
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Topics: featured grindist

Grindists in the News: Hans Reichstetter + Freezy Freakies

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Feb 25, 2015 2:30:44 PM

Our Grindists never cease to amaze us, and Hans Reichstetter is no exception.  A few months ago, when he mentioned that he was bringing Freezy Freakies back, we were stoked--but we had no idea just how cool they would be.  Even The New York Times thinks so--check out his awesome write-up below! 

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Topics: grindworthy

Mentorship is Dead...But Coworking Communities are Alive and Well!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Feb 12, 2015 4:53:07 PM

The idea that "mentorship as you know it is dead" might sound extreme, but this 99u article has us thinking that our coworking community really gets what it's all about.  Read on to find out what the future of mentorship looks like. 

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Topics: grindworthy, entrepreneurs

The Five Marketing Must-Haves of an Online Startup

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Feb 9, 2015 10:49:46 AM

Five great marketing tips for all you online start-ups out there via Neil Patel of Forbes

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Topics: listicles

A Gentle Reminder from Seth Godin

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Feb 4, 2015 3:45:58 PM

A sweat and simple blog post and reminder from Seth Godin.  Happy Wednesday!

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Topics: grindworthy

Coworking Community Spotlight: Stephen P. Williams

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Feb 2, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Meet Stephen P. Williams: Writer, Entrepreneur, Grindist, and all-around awesome human being.  We're lucky to have him in our coworking community and now you get to meet him, too.  



Name: Stephen P. Williams

Occupation: Writer/Entrepreneur

Current City: New York

Grind Location:
Broadway

Why do you work out of a coworking space?
I am energized by the movement and buzz of people. I've had offices alone, and I prefer being in the mix. Plus, I've met a lot of people I've ended up working with.

Why Grind?
The light. The great staff. The coffee. And the owners. Plus, all the fantastic people who work there.

What is your current state of mind?
Positive, grateful, optimistic about our ability to make the future good.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Painting canvases. Being an artist.

What one app on your phone could you not live without?
Instagram, of course.

What is your most beloved possession?
I have no beloved possession.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Social entrepreneurs helping to encourage light, dignity, and peace in the far reaches of the planet, out of reach of media glory.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising three beautiful children.

What is your favorite occupation?
Writing novels.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A breeze through the trees and over the beach, a book, a lover, my friends.

What's your favorite Grind memory?
The first month Park Avenue opened, when there were only five or six of us in the vast, beautiful space.

Interested in joining the Grind community?
Book a tour
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Topics: featured grindist

Freelancers: What Should You Charge? How to Justify Your Rates

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Jan 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Another great 99U article for all you freelancers out there!  Give yourself some credit and charge what you deserve!

Freelancer_Stages

When I first started freelancing, I thought I knew how to price myself. I charged $50 an hour because, well, it’s what my equivalent hourly rate was before I went out on my own. It was easy to justify — I could point to any number of other rate sheets, pricing calculators, and other resources to make it clear why I should be paid what I was asking. It was the “market rate” of somebody like me. 

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Topics: entrepreneurs

Grindist Kelly Hoey In Conversation with Entrepreneur Ginny Gilder

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Jan 28, 2015 3:40:22 PM

Grindist Kelly Hoey recently chatted with serial social enterprise entrepreneur Ginny Gilder for Sharp Heels and the interview has left us totally inspired.  Check out the full piece below!

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Topics: entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs

Stretch and Be Social With Yoga Means Business!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Jan 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Join our friends (and Grindists!) Yoga Means Business this evening (1/22) for their weekly social club!  Email info@yogameansbusiness.com for more details!

What:  YMB Social Club

Who:  Movers and shakers at NYC's most exciting companies

Stretch:  Thursday (1.22) 5:05 PM @ Jivamukti Yoga School in Union Square ($15)

Stretchpectations:  A 1-hour class accessible for beginners and comprehensive for those with more experience.  Unlike YMB classes at your office, you'll need to change into workout clothes for this one.

Social:  6:15 PM ETA for post-class Happy Hour @ All'Onda (13th b/w 5th & 6th)

FYI:  You can come to one or both parts of this social club

Bonus:  Last week's playlist available for your listening pleasure on Spotify

Host:  Yoga Means Business is making life at work easier with truly office-friendly yoga and meditation.  30-Minutes.  No change of clothes.  No yoga mats.  For everyone.  

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Topics: Well being

How to Beat the Afternoon Slump--In Your Coworking Space or Elsewhere!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Jan 21, 2015 10:32:37 AM

We've all been there--3pm and you can barely keep your eyes open at your desk.  So, how can this afternoon slump be avoided?  Meredith Lepore of Skillcrush has come up with 7 tips to help those in coworking spaces and beyond! 

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Topics: listicles, Well being

What Martin Luther King Would Say About Workplace Diversity Today

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Jan 19, 2015 1:45:09 PM

Happy Martin Luther King Day! What a great opportunity for us all to take a closer look at diversity in the workplace--and Inc. has done just that.  Check out their tips for creating a more diverse and inclusive team below.

It's fitting that on Martin Luther King Day, we take stock of how far the nation has come toward hitting Dr. King's ideal for a more perfect union. Sanctioned segregation is no more, suffrage is (mostly) universal and for the first time in history an African American male is president of the United States. But, in the world of business especially, diversity--a goal for which King fought fervently--remains elusive.

Over the summer, at the prompting of Reverend Jesse Jackson, a slew of Silicon Valley tech companies publicly disclosed their gender and racial make up, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Twitter, eBay and Apple. The statistics were underwhelming, to say the least.

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Topics: grindworthy, entrepreneurs

11 Incredible Coworking Space Statistics

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Jan 16, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Happy Friday!  Considering joining a coworking space?  Here are just 11 reasons why that's a great idea.  

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Topics: coworking, listicles

Entrepreneurs and Freelancers: Give Yourselves a Break!

Posted by Cassidy North-Reist,   Jan 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Rejoice, Grindists!  According to Elizabeth Grace Saunders, free time is absolutely essential to mental clarity and maintained success, especially for entrepreneurs and freelancers.  Check out why!

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Topics: entrepreneurs, Well being

Emerging Trends -- Commercial Real Estate and the Future of Work

Posted by David Singer,   Jan 14, 2015 8:30:00 AM

By David Singer

Every year at about this time commercial real estate wonks dig into the publication of a battery of predictions  --  who shall live and who shall die  --  about the fortunes of commercial real estate for the coming year. The report, published annually through a collaboration between PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute -- Emerging Trends -- 2015, is available for download here.

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Topics: grindworthy

This Step Will Make All the Difference: A Lesson for Our Coworking Community

Posted by Grind Admin,   Jan 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

by Adi Redzic

Author Chris Brogan recently tweeted that “It’s not about having more money, but living life on your own terms.” For you and I, and any aspiring entrepreneur, this is precisely why we let go of false stability of corporate world. Instead, we choose to navigate the turbulent and uncertain waters of start-ups. We choose to spend our days at Grind and feed our Intelligentsia coffee and tea addictions. We choose freedom. We call the shots. 
But this freedom isn't all. It isn't enough. 

We also need clarity of purpose. 

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Topics: guest bloggers, entrepreneurs